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Monday, April 14, 2014

Bend Takes Home Two Medals at the World Beer Cup Awards

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The 2014 World Beer Cup Awards concluded this weekend in Denver, Colo. With the highest number of entries to date (4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries) judges awarded 281 medals across 94 beer style categories.

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Oregon took home 17 medals awarded to 14 brewing companies including Bend's own 10 Barrel and Bend Brewing Co.

List of Awards won by Oregon Breweries at the 2014 WBC

Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer, 23 Entries
Bronze: DD Blonde, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene, OR

Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast, 25 Entries
Gold: Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 57 Entries
Gold: Cucumber Crush, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category 18: American-Style Sour Ale, 32 Entries
Bronze: Ching Ching, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category 19: American-Style Brett Beer, 35 Entries
Bronze: Flemish Kiss, The Commons Brewery, Portland, OR

Category 20: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer, 40 Entries
Gold: Pipewrench, Gigantic Brewing, Portland, OR

Category 47: German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch, 65 Entries
Silver: I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, Old Town Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 64: Other Belgian-Style Ale, 55 Entries
Gold: Cerasus, Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery, Hood River, OR

Category 66: English-Style Summer Ale, 31 Entries
Gold: Mother Lode Golden Ale, Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 70: English-Style India Pale Ale, 41 Entries
Silver: Silverspot IPA, Pelican Brewery, Pacific City, OR

Category 71: Scottish-Style Ale, 30 Entries
Gold: Scottish Ale, Two Kilts Brewing Co., Sherwood, OR

Category 81: Irish-Style Red Ale, 46 Entries
Bronze: Paulie’s Not Irish Red, Old Town Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 84: Golden or Blonde Ale, 67 Entries
Gold: Kiwanda Cream Ale, Pelican Brewery, Pacific City, OR

Category 87: American-Style India Pale Ale, 224 Entries
Bronze: Citrus Mistress, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene, OR

Category 92: American-Style Black Ale, 77 Entries
Gold: Turmoil, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR

Category 94: American-Style Imperial Stout, 60 Entries
Gold: Black Flag Imperial Stout, Beer Valley Brewing Co., Ontario, OR
Silver: Block & Tackle Stout, Chetco Brewing Co., Brookings, OR

World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Small Brewing Company
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Darron Welch & Steve Panos

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10 Barrel to Open Brewpub in Portland

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Let the Bend brewery takeover begin! 10 Barrel Brewing announced today that they plan to open a new brewpub in the Pearl District in Portland.
Read the full press release below.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Bend Brewfest Lineup

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Bend Brewfest has announced the lineup for the 2014 beerstravaganza!

Via Bend Brewfest website.
  • Via Bend Brewfest website.

See the full listing of over 60 visiting and local breweries here.

The festival will take place at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in the Old Mill District August 14-16.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Beer + Coffee = Love!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Deschutes teams up with Lone Pine for a glass full of win
By Thom Pastor

A downtown pub exclusive, Deschutes Brewery’s new collaboration with Lone Pine Coffee Roasters is a luxurious—and unfortunately limited—coffee stout, aptly named Brewers Alley Coffee Stout.
Local roasters Lone Pine have a unique style and taste that set them apart from other roasters. That uniqueness—a slight, but pleasing tartness and personality—is not necessarily evident in the final product, but the general coffee flavor is still intense and smooth; far richer than your common coffee stout.
After the initial, upfront coffee-bomb, the flavors and aromas give way to hazelnut, chocolate, and vanilla. The finish is long and lingering, tasting like fine coffee ice cream.
In a town saturated with imperial everything, the meager 25 IBUs will leave hop-heads wanting. There is some coffee bitterness, but it is mellow. The modest 5.7% alcohol keeps this beer approachable for any beer drinker.
Get down to the pub soon because this limited edition won’t last long. While you’re there, convince them to brew this again.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sick of Ridiculous Craft Beer Names? Watch This.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

In Bend, silly beer names are abundant—Crux's Off Leash NW Session Ale, BBC's Ching Ching Sour, Deschutes Brewery's Jubelale. Enter your afternoon entertainment, "Hipsters Love Beer," a comedic short by Nacho Punch.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Watch the Birth of a Ceramic Growler

Posted By on Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Watch this behind the scenes video of the making of Portland Growler Company's gorgeous hand-made ceramic growlers and consider buying one for every beer drinker on your Christmas list. Cheers to a lovely snow-filled weekend!

Portland Growler Company from Cineastas on Vimeo.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

RiverBend Brewing Co. Now Open for Business (the Beer is Good)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

The beers are impressive.
  • Impressive.
Yesterday evening, we stopped in and had a few pints at one of Bend's newest brewery's, RiverBend Brewing Company, formerly Rivals on NE Division St. The old poker/sports pub, which reopened as a brewery on Thursday, has remodeled and retooled and now, with a 12-barrel brewing capacity across the parking lot, is cranking out its own beers. They're damn good, too. Brewmaster Dan Olsen has four, unnamed beers on at present—a stout, IPA, blonde and red. The coffee-tasting stout, crisp IPA and easy-drinking blonde were our favorites. A really impressive first go from a new brewery. Olsen honed his craft at Deschutes and Lagunitas before joining RiverBend.

The bar itself looked good. Gone are the carpeted floors and poker tables. More TVs for sports, concrete floors and even a gas fire table on the patio are the new highlights. We were also pleasantly surprised by the revamped menu complete with made-in-house sauces and local ingredients (like the beef for the burger). We'll be going back, like right now, to watch the Oregon vs. Stanford game.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Government Shutdown Causes Local Taps to Dry Up

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Don't take this away from us.
  • Don't take this away from us.

In its coverage of the government shutdown, mainstream media, so far, has focused on relateable concepts, like denied access to National Parks, for instance. And for good reason—park closures are tangible and something we can wrap our heads around. By now, we're all well aware of the couple who, for years, planned a Grand Canyon trip and finally pulled a permit, only to have the whole expedition fall apart because House speaker John Boehner doesn't understand how a democracy works. Of course, there are plenty more tales—much sadder and less first-world-problem—of the shutdown's chilling effects on everyday Americans, but that's material for another post.

So, at the risk of getting clumped in with mainstream media, here's another relateable concept: The government shutdown is now taking a toll on the craft brewing industry. Two days ago, eater.com ran a story outlining how, with its workers furloughed, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is not doing its thing, which includes approving new breweries, recipes, and labels. That means brewery openings will be delayed and all those fall and winter seasonal brews are on hold, since TTB officials aren't available to sign off on new formulas.

Now, 11 days into the government shutdown, local breweries are starting to get nervous.

Co-owner of Crux Fermentation Project, Paul Evers, said that his brewery has at least two new, experimental brews in the works, and was planning on a late-December release. Now, he's not so sure.

"That agency [TTB] isn't reviewing or approving anything," Evers said. "It is a concern—there's definitely going to be an impact. They were already slow, now there's going to be a backlog. Everyday has a compounding effect."

Of course, Crux isn't the only brewery that's been affected. From the eater.com:

The processing delays can result in major costs for the breweries. Brenner Brewing in Milwaukee had been planning for a December opening, but is unable to continue filing the necessary paperwork. The owner tells the AP that he estimates each month the opening is delayed will cost $8,000. For breweries that are already established, the delays in label approvals could mean increased costs on rushing the new beers to market when that approval is finally received. In South Carolina, the State reports that the brewers at Conquest can't begin bottling (and selling) their debut beer. Apparently the shutdown has less of an impact on massive brewing companies like Anheuser-Busch, since they can continue to produce their already existing products.

So will local taps really dry up? Doubtful. There are plenty of pre-approved beers out there. And with any luck, Congress will soon get its act together and put federal employees back to work (which means getting those new brews into our pint glasses). But in the meantime, the shutdown is severely hampering tax-paying, micro-brewing bystanders.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

TONIGHT: 10 Barrel Collaboration Beer Special Release

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Fans of rich, high-alcohol beers take note: 10 Barrel is releasing a doozy. It's called Suede Imperial Porter, a 9.6% ABV brew made with jasmine, calendula flowers and avocado honey and it's their first ever collaboration beer. 10 Barrel's brewing genius Tonya Cornett teamed up with brewers from Bluejacket (Washington D.C.) and Stone (San Diego) to create the new brew, which will be pouring at 5:30pm tonight at 10 Barrel. We'll see y'all down there.

Note: If you miss out tonight, don't fret. 10 Barrel has organized a Stone/10 Barrel tap-takeover at Broken Top Bottle shop from 5-7pm Friday, Oct. 18. Specialty beers from both breweries—including Suede Imperial Porter—will be available. No word yet is SIP will be sold locally in 22 ounce bottles.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Broken Top Bottle Shop: Raise a Pint at First Firkin Friday, it's for a Good Cause

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

A firkin keg is one in which all the carbonation comes from the fermentation that takes occurs in the keg—no CO2 is added.
  • A firkin keg is one in which all the carbonation comes from the fermentation that takes occurs in the keg—no CO2 is added.

Tonight, proceeds from pints sold in association with Broken Top Bottle Shop's First Firkin Friday will go to The Bethlehem Inn, an area shelter. So drink up, friends, and be happy—your money is supporting those in need.

Broken Top Bottle Shop's generosity is not without precedent. BTBS donates all of its bottles and cans to Bethlehem Inn. The bottles contribute directly to Bethlehem Inn's program of cleaning, palletizing, and selling them for recycling. Such work engages the folks who seek shelter there while providing much needed revenue for the Inn.

Get down there soon, they just tapped Sierra Nevada's Imperial Red Ale.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cycleboat..WHY DIDN'T WE THINK OF THAT.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Next summer's peaceful days at the lake, silently taking in the serene natural surroundings are already ruined.

A local company, Cascade Cycleboats, is manufacturing the latest in beer/foot-fueled technology, a water-based equivalent to the ever-annoying pedal pub. A press release to the Source explained,

As riders pedal on individual cycle stations, together they propel a large paddle wheel in the back of the boat. The driver of the boat sits in a captain’s chair at the back of the boat to steer and operate the electric motor when needed (i.e. to navigate in and out of dock).

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Guess how much they cost? Go ahead, just guess.

$85,000! For the base model! A beastly vessel which has eight cycle stations for peddling, drinking and we assume—if it's anything like its land-bound cousin—shouting.

To find out more about Cascade Cycleboats, check out their website.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Little Woody Starts Tonight!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Bend's Barrel-Aged Brew and Whiskey Festival kicks off tonight at 5 pm!

Little Woody is not your average beer festival. With twenty breweries presenting specialty barrel aged brews, and eight different whiskeys available for sample inside the Des Chutes Historical Museum, this is one of our favorite events of the year. Read descriptions of all of the beer and whiskeys here or pick up a Source and check out the Little Woody Guide in print, on stands now. For tips on how to best tackle the beer-fest, read James Williams' blog "How to Drink at a Beer Festival."

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While we haven't had a chance to taste all the beers (believe us we'll be trying tonight) we did get to participate in a tasting to help select the smokey, peaty whiskeys. Our favorites are listed below.

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon: a deep burning full bodied whiskey.
Willett Pot Still Reserve: Light pecan and toffee flavors.
Maker’s 46: An almost chocolaty sweet stronger incarnation of original Maker's Mark with a good burn and a long finish.
Templeton Rye: A peaty solid rye that will make you want a sazerac.

Thirsty yet? The Little Woody takes place right in the Source's backyard at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave. The festival continues Saturday from noon-10 pm. See you there!

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